Hi All, I think I'm finally ready to upgrade my old STR-DA555ES and the 4ES is looking like the machine for me. I have used the search function and see what I expected to see, some people like it, others prefer the Denon, etc. I have to admit I'm partial to the Sony sound and ergonomics so I think I'll be happy with the 4ES. I do have some questions for owners of the 4ES about some things that bugged me w/ the 555ES to see if they've been addressed. 1. Is there still a delay in sensing the DD/DTS signal from the DVD if using optical or coaxial outs? It always took my 555ES a click or two (from 1/4 a second to sometimes a full second or so!) to sense the digital signal from the DVD player. 1b. If that delay still exists, does the receiver also drop (and have to regain) the signal during layer changes and menu transitions? I would have my dimmer set to OFF so that all lights were off when watching a movie, but when the layer change happened and the receiver dropped the signal "DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1" would flare up in bright LED, as well as the requisite dropping of a split second or so of audio. This also happened during transitions of animated menus, the best example being Prince of Egypt + The Mummy (Fraser). When navigating those two menus there are sounds that transition from one screen to the next but I rarely heard them until I had the DVD do the 5.1 decoding! So basically if I'm going to upgrade the receiver I'd like to move the DD/DTS decoding back to the receiver, but dislike that delay. If the delay's still there I may stand pat w/ my current receiver and just wait until they come out with a version that doesn't have the delay. Thanks in advance for your help!